FOLDED WISDOM HIGHLIGHTS THE UNIQUE COLLECTION OF MORE THAN 3,500 MORNING NOTES A DAD WROTE AND ILLUSTRATED TO HIS TWO CHILDREN.
TOGETHER, THE NOTES REVEAL HOW ONE PARENT CHOSE TO EXPLORE WHO HE WAS; GROW INTO FATHERHOOD; PROVIDE ADVICE; CONTEMPLATE LIFE; AND DELIVER LOVE.
The expression of love is uniquely individual and imperfect.
My dad, Bob Guest, has always felt comfortable with a pen in hand and blank piece of paper in front of him. While studying art in college, he relied on dozens of sketchbooks to reveal his creativity, thoughts, frustrations, and joy.
Fast-forward to 1995 — he was now married to my mom, Gloria, and together they were running a small-business and raising my little brother Theo and me. As the years went by, he found there were fewer and fewer moments to be alone with his thoughts, and so it was this year that he decided to make that time a part of his morning ritual.
Every day, before anyone else was awake, he would sit down in the kitchen, light a couple of candles, reflect on the day ahead, and write. He’d then fold the pages up into little triangles — one labeled Joanna, the other Theo — and leave them on the counter for us to put into lunchboxes or backpacks every morning, of every year, until we each left for college.
Today, almost 10 years after the last note was penned, a curated collection of these notes has evolved into a book (coming Spring 2019). Traveling through the pages of words and colorful imagery, one sees how and why my dad sat down, day after day, to express his love.